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Coal dominates India, but the fossil fuel may have peaked

India’s coal power has continued to decline since reaching a peak in 2018, according to an analysis by independent climate and energy think tank Ember. India’s coal-fired electricity generation fell 5% in 2020 due to significantly reduced annual electricity demand as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. It is the second consecutive year that coal power has fallen, with coal generation down 8% in 2020 compared to 2018.

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EGEB: Australia’s emission reduction target is too low says Clean Energy Council, vertical farming, India approves new 5GW solar farm

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news.

Today on EGEB, a new report by the Clean Energy Council decries Australia’s lack of long-term climate policy. A design student from Brunel University London invented a new, more efficient vertical farm that uses organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) and automation. India doubles down on renewable energy by approving a new gigantic 5 000 MW solar farm in the Gujarat state.

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EGEB: new Australian green platform funded, largest Scottish solar project approved, India to add 2,5 GW of renewable energy production

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news.

Today on EGEB: Swiss firm Partners Group invests A$ 720 million to create the Grassroots Renewable Energy Platform, a series of large-scale projects to power Australia with renewable energy. Elgin Energy received Scotland’s green light to start the largest solar farm the country ever had. India’s ministry of new and renewable energy drafted the rules to auction 2.5GW in new solar-wind hybrid projects.

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EGEB: Offshore wind is the new green frontier, China, India invest massively in solar power, new study debunks 100% renewable naysayers

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Today on EGEB, U.S. oceans are about to get a little more crowded by wind turbines. China and India are the main players behind the massive expansion of solar power production. Scientists publish a new study that rebukes a previous one that claimed that powering a country only with renewable energy is impossible.

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EGEB: Perovskite cells may revolutionize solar power, India release a new energy draft policy, Solar Exchange to power Moldavia

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news.

Today on EGEB, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE made a breakthrough that may turn photovoltaic production upside-down. India bets on solar-wind farm hybrids in their new energy draft policy. Solar Exchange and the United Nations Development Programme team up to bring solar power to one of Europe’s most impoverished country.

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India sets plans for bidding off 20GW-30GW of solar power per year – starts with 3-6GW/month

India has laid out plans to auction off 20.6GW of solar power in their 2017-2018 fiscal year, with an additional plan to auction off 30GW in 2018-19 and the same 2019-20.

This volume is part of a 100GW goal of solar power to be built by 2022 as part of the country’s goal of 175GW of Renewable Energy.

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India’s transport Minister visits Tesla, offers up land for factory in the country

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Flashback to when we reported that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with some executives at Tesla, we now have, via the Indian Express, learned that India’s Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari, met with Tesla executives on the 15th to talk about introducing and increasing the adoption of “pollution-free road transport” with a focus on commercial and public vehicles i.e trucks, buses and two-wheelers.

Nitin hopes to accomplish this by having Tesla settle in India to create an “Asian manufacturing and assembly hub”. Gadkari goes on to state:

“the Indian government is committed to encouraging alternate pollution-free transport in the country by providing incentives to bio-fuel, CNG, ethanol and electric vehicles.”

Further, in his meeting with the Tesla team, he “offered up land near major Indian ports to facilitate export of their vehicles to South and South East Asian countries.”

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Tesla expands ordering for the Model S, X and 3 to at least seven more countries

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Elon Musk often acts as the defacto PR department for Tesla Motors and in a Tweet today – in the mist of the Model 3 unveil – the CEO announced that Tesla would be expanding into at least 7 more countries. The expansion includes 6 continents and includes the BRIC countries of Brazil and India, South Africa (CEO Elon Musk’s birthplace), South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Ireland. The tweet left room for others that might not fit into the 140 character medium. Expand
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India is aiming for all cars to be electric as soon as 2030

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India’s Power Minister Piyush Goyal recently announced plans for an interesting program that could see the nation’s whole car fleet becoming 100% electric by 2030. It represents one of the most ambitious goal for the electrification of transport in a large country.

The program would let people buy electric vehicles with zero down payment financed by the state and drivers can then pay for the vehicle at the rate they are saving on gas. Expand
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